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Retired Librarian Receives Photography Award

Retired librarian Susan Buentello was featured in the latest edition of Connective Tissue for her photograph of an 18 year old white rhinoceros named Kutu from the San Antonio Zoo. The photo titled Kutu captures the unique features and peaceful beauty of the massive creature. The photograph received Connective Tissue’s honorable mention award for the category of photography.

Kutu photo

Connective Tissue is an annual publication produced by the Center for Medical Ethics & Humanities, which features artistic and literary works produced by the campus community and affiliates. The publication features three categories: visual arts, photography, and literature. Awards are given for the top works in each category, and for honorable mentions in each category. Submissions include graphic arts, paintings, drawings, photographs, poetry, short stories, essays, and much more.

 

Susan Buentello photo Susan Buentello worked as a technical services librarian at the Briscoe Library for 25 years before retiring in 2009.  In her retirement, Susan now enjoys the technical challenges of photography, which fulfill her desire to learn new things and highlight her artistic abilities.

Summer reading recommendations

 

Rajia Tobia recommends Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall:  “I am not a runner so when a tri-athlete friend recommended this book, I was skeptical.  Why would anyone want to run ultra-marathons of 100 miles or more in places like Death Valley and Mexico’s Copper Canyon?  This book answered the question for me – they are all obsessed!   Starting with the simple question -why does my foot hurt? – Christopher McDougall in Born to Run explores the physiology of running, running’s place in human evolution, the commercialization of running as a sport, and the psychology and unique individualism of ultra-runners.  The book also explores Mexico’s Tarahumara Indians and their techniques of happily running hundreds of miles without rest or injury.  This book is an interesting and entertaining read, even if you are not a runner.”

 

Sarah's Key- book coverKatie Prentice recommends Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay: “The story of Sarah’s Key centers around July 1942 when Jewish families in Paris, France were rounded up and transported to concentration camps by French authorities.  The book weaves the story of a modern French family with the story of young Sarah whose family at one time lived in the same apartment.  The book alternates 1942 with the present in each chapter and offers insight into the experiences of a child living through traumatic events.  The book is a fairly easy read and a movie came out in 2010.  I haven’t seen the movie yet, but now that I’ve read the book I plan to see the movie.”

 

 

1491 - book coverSusan Hunnicutt recommends 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, by Charles C. Mann:  “This book explores current thinking about the cultural histories of native American peoples.  They are much richer and more complicated than I ever imagined! One example that was very interesting to me was Mann’s discussion of milpas, companion plantings of corn, squash and beans, also known as “Three Sisters”.  Most of us learned part of this story in elementary school.  But Mann says the milpas show the extent of communication that took place in the ancient Americas, because by the time Europeans arrived variations of the technique, which was developed in what is today Mexico, had spread across North America to the mid-Atlantic coast.”

Yolanda Klebahn to retire after 22 years with the Briscoe Library

Yolanda KlebahnAfter 22 years of service at the Briscoe Library, Yolanda Klebahn will retire at the end of January 2013.

Yolanda first joined the Briscoe Library in the summer of 1990. At that time she joined the Access Services department and spent most of her time re-shelving books, processing copy orders, and helping with document delivery. In 1997 Yolanda transitioned over to the Collection Development department (now called Collection Resources) where she was responsible for receiving and physically processing print books, updating catalog records, and reviewing bibliographic records for new books.

Today Yolanda is still responsible for receiving print books, but she is also responsible for receiving print journals, processing electronic book records, verifying access to online journals, and editing numerous catalog records. Over the years Yolanda has been involved in many collection management projects and has been a key contributor in helping expand and maintain collections at the Briscoe Library and branch locations.

Yolanda has had the unique opportunity to experience the transition from print to electronic resources first-hand. She has watched her job evolve over the years and has embraced the ability to grow in her position. She reports that she has enjoyed the diversity of her duties and is amazed at how much technology has changed the information landscape.

Yolanda has always been a friendly face around the library and will be greatly missed by all of her colleagues.

In her retirement Yolanda will enjoy spending more time with her family, especially her grandkids!

Andrea N. Schorr

Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian

 

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